MCAE Kick Off 2020: Community, Connection, & Resilience

MCAE Kick Off Team

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MCAE Kick Off 2020: Community, Connection, & Resilience

MCAE Kick Off Lead Shawn leading Fruit Yoga

August 2020

The Office for Equity and Diversity and Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence invites you to join us for Kick Off 2020!

This experience helps acclimate first-year students to the campus community in order to make a successful transition to college. The experience is intentionally developed to promote community among first-generation students, students of color, and Native and Indigenous students, as well as to build connections with faculty and staff of color across the University of Minnesota. Space is limited!

This year Kick Off 2020 will take place over the month of August alongside Weeks of Welcome! The Kick Off series includes various sessions, both live and pre-recorded, that bring the community together to reflect on our individual identities, cultural and ethnic background, and hear directly from current students, faculty and staff about how they have successfully navigated our predominantly white campus.

Students who sign up for this year’s MCAE Kick Off will have the opportunity to participate in small groups that will meet at various points over the month of August. In these small group virtual spaces, you should expect to meet current student leaders and incoming student peers to grapple with some of the anxieties many students are feeling as we begin the fall semester in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the continued fight of the Black Lives Matter movement, and all while facing the pressures of academic courses and transition to the University of Minnesota.  

The University is a diverse, multicultural community of learners and scholars. The Office for Equity and Diversity supports a diverse University community that is inclusive, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identification. The Office for Equity and Diversity's goal is to provide leadership for fostering a campus environment that values and actively supports our multicultural community.

MCAE Kick Off offers a unique opportunity to:

  • Build COMMUNITY among first-generation students, students of color, and Native and Indigenous students on campus
  • CONNECTION with various academic support resources on campus and make connections with staff and faculty of color
  • Reflect on your inherit RESILIENCE connected to your racial, ethnic, and cultural background 

Meet your Kick Off Student Coordinators!

Kick Off Student Coordinator

Cynthia Moua, She/Her/Hers, 3rd Year

Business & Marketing Education

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."- E.E. Cummings

Meet your Kick Off Student Coordinators!

Kick Off Student Coordinator

Ayesha Qureshi, She/Her/Hers, Senior 

Major: ICP: Family Social Science and Science & Engineering Studies

وی عطر دل پاک، ھمه جا حس می شود

Farsi, saying: «The fragrance of a pure heart is sensed everywhere»